Post World War II

- 1942-1970s
- Britain, Canada, the Unitied States, as well as many Western democracies increased their government’s role to help society recover from the war. They strengthened social programs with accord to the principles of Welfare states, creating a publicly-funded “social safety net”. [1]

The British National Health Service Act created the NHS. Above, Aneurin Bevan (second left) talks to the NHS's first patient Sylvia Diggory, 13, at Trafford General hospital, in July 1948.

Mini Timeline [1][2]
- 1942
- Sir William Beveridge’s report “Social Insurance and Allied Serves”

- 1948
- National Insurance Act, the National Assistance Act, and the National Health Service Act

- 1957
- Public health care established

- 1966
- Canada Pension Plan

- 1968
- Canadian Radio and Television Commission

- 1952
- Atomic Energy of Canada Limited

The postwar consensus generated a growth in trade on the international level, including international cooperation, foreign aid, and international trade. The establishment of social programs and government owned corporations served as security nets for the people as they try to regain confidence and rebuild the economy.


  1. "Evolution of Modern Liberalism." Perspectives on ideology. Edmonton, Alta.: Alberta Education, 2010. 208-210.
  2. “1948: the year inflation was this low.” The Telegraph. 18 Mar 2012 <>